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Acclaimed Soprano Nicola Said Sings at the Global Short Film Awards Cannes Film Festival 2021

Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently delivered an electrifying performance at the Global Short Film (GSF) Awards Gala during the prestigious international Cannes Film Festival 2021.  The festive gala event was organized by entrepreneur, producer and fashion designer Andres Aquino and held at the luxurious Villa Forbes (Villa Elegance) in Cannes, France.

Soprano Nicola Said with Producer, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer Andres Aquino at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France
Soprano Nicola Said with Producer, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer Andres Aquino.

Nicola performed Je Veux Vivre from the French opera Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and Quando Me’n Vo from Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème.  Both were specifically chosen to accompany the theme of life and love, and beauty and love. Also performing at the event was world-renowned violinist, Edmond Fokker van Crayestein.  Nicola sang in front of a number of distinguished guests from the entertainment world, including Dr. Olympia Gellini, founder and president of the Family Film Awards, The American World Film Awards, Olympia Awards City Of Lights and member of the GSF Awards jury; Karl Bardosh, New York University associate professor, screenwriter, director, producer, pioneer in the field of mobile phone cinema, and member of the GSF Awards jury; and award-winning actor and producer, Vincent De Paul.

Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France
Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.

Nicola was first introduced to producer and designer Andres Aquino by award-winning Hollywood composer William Camilleri, and then asked to sing at this prestigious event held to coincide with the iconic Cannes Film Festival. “Nicola, you came, you sang and you conquered Cannes, transporting us to a magical and delightful world where you rule with your powerful voice,” said GSF Awards Founder and Director Andres Aquino, adding  “…I am looking forward to seeing you at our next Couture Fashion Week event in New York.”

Soprano Nicola Said with world-renowned violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France
Soprano Nicola Said with world-renowned violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein

In a nod to her Maltese heritage, Nicola wore a stunning gown generously sponsored by top Maltese designers Charles & Ron, while her travel was supported by the Malta International Airport. Upon her return from Cannes, Nicola said “taking part was an amazing experience. I met fantastic people in the entertainment industry and have just been invited to sing at Couture Fashion Week New York!”

Nicola is the Malta Airport Foundation Ambassador and a Joseph Calleja BOV Foundation Scholar. She has been supported by the DrakeCalleja Trust, Janatha Stubbs Foundation, and the Ian Tomlin Scholarship. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course, for which she was granted a full scholarship.

Nicola, who is represented by The Music Partnership, has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex at an event presented by the Duke of Edinburgh, at St. James’s Palace and Kensington Palace in the UK. She won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and First Prize and Audience Prize for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial 2017.

Aside from Malta and the UK, Nicola has performed internationally, including in France, Italy, USA, Cyprus, Germany, China, Poland, Hungary and other countries. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Malta.

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Rising Star Sia to Be Featured at the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes

Rising Star Sia to Be Featured at the Global Short Film Awards Gala in CannesSia is a young aspiring dancer, actress and model with a brilliant future ahead of her. Sia will appear in the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France on 12 July 2021 as a model for fashion designer Andres Aquino. She will also be seen on the world-famous red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Sia is looking forward to the tremendous opportunity in participating in these exciting events in Cannes.

Currently a high school sophomore in the USA, Sia is the daughter of immigrant parents; her dad is an IT professional and her mom is a photographer and social worker. Sia has a keen interest in fashion, acting and dance, and has participated in various pageants, competitions and acting workshops in both the USA and India. She is currently studying kathak (Indian classical dance), and is fluent in English, Gujrati and Hindi. Sia is vice president of her high school fashion club, and participates in various cultural, academic, social and volunteer services.

Now in its sixth annual season, the Global Short Film Awards was founded by Andres Aquino, who is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week.

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Juanita DeSilva Wins People’s Favorite Online Contest

Juanita DeSilva people's Favorite Contest WinnerCouture Fashion Week NY producer Andres Aquino is pleased to announce Juanita DeSilva is the winner of the latest online People’s Favorite Contest. Juanita is a rising star: producer/actress of film, theater and TV, as well as a model, dancer and choreographer. A native of Sri Lanka, now a US citizen, Juanita has an extensive theatrical background and a degree in business, among other achievements, not the least of which is being the proud mom of 3 boys. She has appeared in TV shows such as Ballers, Code Black, Scandal, Criminal Minds and Veep, as well as the films Scorpion Girl: The Awakening, Switched, Wine Tasting, Cyber Café, Annabelle Crane and I Am Sorry. She is currently busy working on film projects.

“Congratulations, Juanita!” says Andres Aquino. “We look forward to seeing you on the cover of Italy-based international publication Deamina Magazine, and in other editorials.” As the overall People’s Favorite Contest winner, chosen by online voters,  Juanita will also receive a special set of beauty products from BWOW Cosmetics from London, and more.

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Wasée Jewels to Show Latest Stunning Designs at Couture Fashion Week NY

Wasee Jewels by Farah Ghatala at Couture Fashion Week NYSan Francisco-based luxury jewelry brand Wasée Jewels will present its latest creations at Couture Fashion Week New York’s 29th season. Marking the brand’s first appearance at the prestigious event, the jewelry will be shown along with the the most recent collection by fashion designer and event producer Andres Aquino at 8 pm on Saturday February 16, 2019 at the 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street in New York City.

The creative force behind the Wasée Jewels brand is designer Farah Ghatala. According to the designer, “Our jewelry is a manifestation of who you are, our creations tell a story — a story you can wear. Your uniqueness shines through in our exclusive chic designs.” All of the stunning jewelry pieces are hand-crafted in the Wasée Jewels Silicon Valley studio.

Wasée Jewels has been worn by celebrities at major red carpet events including award-winning producer and TV personality Lika Osipova at the Emmy Awards, and “Minority Reportz” producer and comedian Mona Shaikh at the Top 1000 Comedians Awards.

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NFL Star DeAngelo Hall to Receive Couture Fashion Week NY Humanitarian Award

Recently retired Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall will receive the 2018 Couture Fashion Week Outstanding Humanitarian award during the 28th season of the prestigious event, in recognition of his charitable endeavors. The presentation will be part of the evening’s festivities at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 8, 2018, which will also include the “Tango Cabaret” collection fashion show by designer and producer Andres Aquino. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway in New York City.

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Designer Andres Aquino’s “Tango Cabaret” Collection Set to Dazzle at Couture Fashion Week New York

Andres Aquino fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYProducer, designer and entrepreneur Andres Aquino will present his latest collection entitled “Tango Cabaret” on the runway during Couture Fashion Week New York’s 28th season at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 8, 2018. The fashion show and entertainment spectacle will be held in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway in New York City.

The beautiful “romantic couture” collection is inspired by Andres Aquino’s upcoming book of poetry book, “Legende de la belle.” The fashion designs will be accessorized by custom made handbags by D & L Prototype from Italy.

An array of celebrities and influencers is expected to attend and/or participate in the event, including Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, who will receive the CFW Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts. Also from the sports world, retired basketball great Charles Davis and his wife will be on hand to witness the fashion week runway modeling debut of their teenage daughter, Niija. Expected to attend the event from the music, film and press world are recording artist Carson Key; music producer and Grammy nominee, Lee Major; and film producer “Picture Perfect,” as well as Jennifer Eckhart from the FOX Business Channel.

The show will also feature live performances by international artists including Chinese music superstar BING, Broadway star Angela Michele Walker, opera star Oleksandra Hrabova, and Anna Khachatryan who will perform a special dance and choreography for the release of BING’s new record. From the world of beauty, the show will include appearances by Top Model of the World Ukraine 2018 Oleksandra Kashyrina, along with Miss Bikini Hawaii Model USA 2017, Candice Leong, Miss Global 2017 Barbara Vitorelli, and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong.

During the event a special announcement will be made, launching “Q”, the first true glasses-free 3D phone connected to Qoobex, the first global 3D distribution platform.

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D&L Protoype To Show Flowers and Butterflies Handbag Collection at Couture Fashion Week NY

D&L Prototype Handbag Collection at Couture Fashion Week NY“Flowers and Butterflies,” the latest handbag collection by dynamic Italian fashion start up D&L Prototype, will be introduced by designer Andres Aquino during the upcoming 28th season of Couture Fashion Week New York. Marking D&L Prototype’s premiere appearance at the prestigious event, the fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

D&L Prototype stands for Denim and Leather Prototype Hand Made by Daria. The hand crafted Italian accessories brand was launched in 2015. The label’s distinctive designs include  casual/street style bags (woman and unisex) as well as creative and exclusive handbags to complete luxury and haute couture outfits.  D&L Prototype also designs a personalized line of accessories for vintage motorcycles (recovered seats, helmets, etc.).

With a passion for couture, all D&L Prototype designs are impeccably crafted by hand in limited editions. They feature great attention to detail and high-quality natural materials including genuine Italian leather, refined fabrics and components. Each item is unique, imbued with impeccable Italian taste and performance, bringing out the personalized and eclectic style of the wearer.

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New York’s Hot Cop Samantha Sepulveda to Be Honored at Couture Fashion Week

Samantha Sepulveda

New York’s very own celebrity police officer, model, and entrepreneur Samantha Sepulveda will walk the runway as a special guest at the Andres Aquino fashion show during the upcoming 27th season of Couture Fashion Week New York. Ms. Sepulveda will also receive a special achievement award recognizing her charitable work and entrepreneurial accomplishments. The event will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 10, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

Samantha Sepulveda is an 8-year police veteran and holds an MBA in Finance from Hofstra University. As a model she has appeared on several major magazine covers and in features worldwide in such publications as FHM, Maxim, GQ, Muscle & Fitness and Inside Fitness, as well as in articles in the New York Post, The Daily Mail and many more. She recently appeared on the cover of MMA Uncaged Magazine alongside Rhonda Rousey. She has also appeared on many important television programs including Fox 5, Good Day New York, Pix 11, TMZ, Don Francisco, Univision, Telemundo, and more. Ms. Sepulveda was recently named Australia’s Most Inspirational Woman of 2016, ModelsMania 2017 Model of the Year, and is currently an ambassador for ‘Kiss Domestic Violence Against Women Good Bye’ and works closely with the community and children Adopt-a-Cop program. She recently walked the runway at Couture Fashion Week New York.

In addition to Samantha Sepulveda’s law enforcement and modeling work, she is also a world traveler, owner of her own clothing line, and author of a forthcoming motivational book. Her organization, Sepulveda Equities, recently joined forces with Apple Orchard to construct a Power Plasma plant in Thailand which will transform waste into renewable energy, while creating jobs and cleaning the local water supply. Samantha Sepulveda is an inspirational figure who continues to break stereotypes.

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Cory Couture Named Best Designer for Fall 2017 at Couture Fashion Week

Cory Couture by Cory Tran named Best Designer Fall 2017 at Couture Fashion Week NY
Cory Tran of Cory Couture (left) accepts Best Designer of 2017 award from Couture Fashion Week producer Andres Aquino and Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016 Kristhielee Caride. Photo: Ron Carr.

Cory Couture by Cory Tran (Pham Thi Ngoc Anh) was named Best Designer for Fall 2017 at the recent Couture Fashion Week event held in New York City. Part of the prestigious event’s 25th season, Cory Couture also presented his latest stunning collection on the runway before a delighted audience.

The award was presented to designer Cory Tran by Couture Fashion Week producer and founder Andres Aquino. “I am pleased to present Couture Fashion Week New York’s Best Designer for Fall 2017 Award to Cory Tran,” Mr. Aquino announced. “Cory is a truly talented artist with a rich imagination in the creation of couture garments.”

Accompanying Mr. Aquino in the presentation of the award before the audience and global press was Kristhielee Caride, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016.

Cory Tran, who divides his time between New York and his native Vietnam, has been fascinated with exquisite couture gowns since a very young age. He has shown his stunning designs at prestigious fashion events including New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week New York and Vietnam International Fashion Week. Mr. Tran works with many A-list celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Rita Ora, Toni Braxton, Bai Ling, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Victoria’s Secret supermodels (Heather Marks, Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Maria Borges, Jasmine Tookes, Sessilee Lopez), Miss Universe and America’s Next Top Models, among others. His designs have been featured in prominent publications worldwide including Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Maxim, Esquire, Her World, L’Officiel and Haute Couture.

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International Star Princess Long Long Set to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Singer Princess Long LongAmong the world-class entertainers scheduled to perform during the 25th season of Couture Fashion Week in New York, is Princess Long Long.  Princess Long Long will sing during the Andres Aquino fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

Princess Long Long is a multi-talented international star. A singer, actress, TV host, model and designer, Long Long studied at the iconic Juilliard School in New York, the University of Sheffield, England and holds an MBA from Maastricht University in Holland. She has worked with the Manhattan Symphony, UNESCO, Italian National Folk Group “Belvedere”, the NYC Creative Stage Entertainment, JT Talents, Howard McCrary (Grammy nominee and Michael Jackson’s co-singer), Rodney Jones (music director for Lena Horne), KMC Ken Marlon Charles, Freedom Williams (C+C Music Factory), Valentino (Grammy-winning Latin American star ), Andrew Anderson, Earl Cooter and Lenny Mangiapane. She has performed at prestigious venues in the USA including the Paul Hall of the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Hall, and the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and abroad in Lima, Peru, Hong Kong and China. Long Long is the recipient of many awards and accolades from organizations including the United Nations, World Artist League, Asia Artists Association of the USA and CCTV (number one Chinese network). As an actress, Long Long has appeared in numerous stage and TV productions including the off-Broadway cabaret comedy Whatever Happened to Beverly Daniels?, MTV’s Soul on Fire, and films such as The Right to Live, Good Friday, Be Frank, and the What Women Want Chronicles. Long Long co-developed Blue Cat, the most popular cartoon in China. Her masterpiece mythology epic melodrama Moon Goddess is now the subject of a Broadway musical and feature film under production.

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